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March 25, 2010

Water crisis in Mumbai: Woman's face blackened for 'pilfering' water

     Mumbai: A non-governmental organization in Mumbai blackened the face of a woman and paraded her around the streets in Mumbai on the charge of water theft. They laid a trap to catch her for pilfering filtered water from the municipal corporation's main pipeline and selling it illegally to several colonies as the water crisis has worsened. After nabbing her, her face was blackened and the women activists of the NGO took her all around in the colony. According to Fernandes Agnello, President of the NGO from Mahim, Swabhiman Sanghatana, the woman identified as Sharmila sold water after tapping it from the main pipeline of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). He also said, "the woman belongs to Koliwada (fishermen's) colony in Mahim area. The water supply timings in Mahim are between 7 to 10 a.m. By tapping the main BMC (city's corporation) line she used to distribute water in the colony for Rs 300 to 500. Since everybody has a personal water connection and tap in that colony she would target other colonies and supply water to these neighbourhoods. The local Municipal Corporation Councillor, police and all member of BMC are involved in this." He mentioned that they had been looking for her after they receiving a call on their toll free number. "Somebody called up on our toll-free number to inform that such a thing was happening in the building number 12 and 14. As such since the past two days we had been chasing her in different attires and even conducted a sting operation to find her misdemeanour activities," added Fernandes Agnello.
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